This species is present in peninsular Italy (south of Genoa and Rimini), the islands of Elba and Sicily (Italy) and on the island of Corsica (France). There is probably at least one introduced population in the UK (it is not known if it persists) (not mapped here). It has also been introduced to Sardinia, Italy. It has an altitudinal range of at least up to 1,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with still and slow moving waters, where it breeds, and the surrounding terrestrial habitats. It may occasionally be found in modified habitats
It is a locally common species.
This species is threatened by the localized loss of suitable wetland habitat (presumably through drainage for agriculture and urbanization). Pelophylax species have been widely translocated (they are eaten by people), and different species within the genus hybridize readily; consequently hybridization presents a threat to the genetic integrity of the species.
This species is listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention and is protected by national legislation in Italy. It is listed on Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive (as part of Rana (=Pelophylax) lessonae). It is present in some protected areas.
P.-A. Crochet (pers. comm.) suggests that this is probably a subspecies of Pelophylax lessonae (Crochet and Dubois in press).
Franco Andreone, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano 2009. Pelophylax bergeri. In: IUCN 2014